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The Senate Stands Still On Appropriations Going Into The July 4th Recess

Ten down, two to go: this week, the House passed another bill appropriating funds for fiscal year 2020, this time to federal departments relating to Financial Services. Although House appropriators did not reach Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD-5) goal of passing all twelve appropriations bills through the chamber by the end of June, only two final bills remain: Legislative Branch and Homeland Security.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 28, 2019


HIV Programs Are Seeing Major Increases In The House, But The Senate Awaits

This week, House legislators passed HR 2740, an appropriations bill allocating money for fiscal year 2020 for several agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the institution where most funding for the federal HIV response is housed. Representatives in the House will now continue on to the second appropriations minibus, which contains funding for HOPWA.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 21, 2019


House Appropriations Bills Prioritize Spending Increases For HIV & Healthcare

It seems that legislators, especially in the House, remain committed to completing all spending bills for the 2020 fiscal year (FY20) ahead of their September 30 deadline. House lawmakers are considering a “minibus” that includes funding for State and Foreign Operations; Defense; Energy and Water; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (L-HHS), which covers most funding for domestic HIV care and prevention programs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 14, 2019


As Spending Bills Move Forward in the House, Conflict Looms

With just 116 days left of this fiscal year and with a contentious disaster relief bill finally out of the way, legislators, especially in the House, return their attention in earnest to fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 07, 2019


Disaster Relief Is Badly Needed, But Congress Continues To Make Impacted Communities Wait

After being caught up in partisan gridlock for several months, a disaster relief bill to provide much-needed funding to areas of the country experiencing climate-related emergencies was all set to be signed into law by President Trump before Congress closed its doors for Memorial Day recess. That was, until one member of Congress raised objections to the legislation on the House floor.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 24, 2019


Congressional Fight Over Disaster Relief Doesn't Bode Well for Appropriations Talks

Although the House is surprisingly on-schedule in producing appropriations legislation, a separate funding bill foreshadows potentially difficult reconciliations with the Senate when fiscal year 2020 spending is debated.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 10, 2019


Though 2020 Federal Funding Bills’ Futures Unclear, Representatives Release Robust Health Spending Plans

While there is bipartisan desire to avoid a government shutdown by funding the federal government for fiscal year 2020, beginning October 1st of this year, lawmakers have to agree on the basics of federal yearly spending before doing so – and then will still need to convince President Trump to sign a bill with higher spending plans into law.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 03, 2019


Democratic Divisions Signal a Bumpy Road for Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations

Just because House Democrats hold the majority in their chamber doesn’t guarantee federal spending discussions for fiscal year 2020 will be any smoother than those in past years. In fact, the spectrum of interpretations of Democratic beliefs, particularly between career leadership and newly elected representatives, may present as much a challenge to reaching a final funding deal as Republican opposition.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 12, 2019


New Funding, Same Old Cuts: Domestic HIV Funding Increase Overshadowed by Larger Cuts in President's Budget

In the wake of the Trump administration’s unveiling of their Ending the HIV Epidemic plan, high ranking administration officials reassured advocates on multiple occasions that the funding being set aside for implementation of the plan would be new money and not taken from other existing programs that benefit those living with and affected by HIV. While they were technically correct, the fact remains that the new domestic HIV funding was placed in a budget that would slash spending on HIV housing, global HIV aid, and health care and social services in general.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 15, 2019


In Congress, Budget Season is Just Beginning

With the President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request expected to be released next week, legislators are kickstarting this year’s federal funding process in earnest.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 08, 2019

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